New navigation app has an awesome feature I’ve always wanted in Google Maps


Follow is a new, free navigation app for iOS and Android that allows drivers to take on the role of “leader” or “follower.” The app constantly keeps track of the leader, which means the followers will never have to risk running a red light to catch up or placing a phone call to find out which turn the leader took.

In order to ensure that everyone in the group is on the same page at all times, Follow pings the location of the leader and the followers three times a second. In other words, no matter how fast you’re traveling, you’ll never lose track of another driver. Follow also notes that drivers can turn off tracking at any time, so you won’t have to worry about your privacy being invaded when the trip is over.

I can see this app being very useful for me. In a car, you can just call the other vehicle to find out where they are if you lose them. But, as a motorcyclist who often rides with others, an app like this would be a huge assist in allowing us to keep track of each other.

  • SV650

    The App ‘Glympse’ has offered similar functionality for some time now. It allows multiple users to see where each other is located, and is useful to see where people are converging, say near the bottom of a ski run. Users without the App can follow you through a web-based interface accessed by a unique code emailed them. We use it when travelling to a distant friend’s home, as our delays are communicated to them, and they need not await our arrival, but can get on about their day.

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  • Caleb Hightower

    And why didn’t I think of this?

  • Dana Pellerin

    I’m a motorcyclist as well and I often lead our group of 10+ guys on long trips. This will be very handy! (if I can get the other guys to download it).

    Now if somebody will just make a completely programmable multi-stop turn-by-turn trip planning app, that would be great. 🙂

    • Hey Dana – what do you ride? I know that both TomTom and Garmin have the kind of trip planning software you are looking for. I don’t know about the Windows version but I’ve used both of the Mac versions and frankly, they are pretty bad. Check out this web site to see if that might fit your needs as well.

      • Dana Pellerin

        Hi Shawn, I ride a Victory Cross Country. I’ve used a Garmin Zumo 550 for years and the software (while clunky) does the trick. But at some point I’d like to ditch it and go with my phone 100%.

        • Nice! I ride a Yamaha FJR1300 ES. Interesting you want to ditch the Garmin and go all phone. I actually prefer the Garmin/TomToms for the extra features.

          • Dana Pellerin

            I love the FJR’s. So fast and smooth. When I retire the Victory I’ll probably go with a sport tourer.

            I like my Garmin, but it’s super old and new ones are just insanely expensive. It’s kind of maddening that the super computer already in my pocket can’t do up this function as well. Anyway thanks for the RideWithGPS link, I’ll check it out!

          • It’s a great bike. And the best value for the money in the category.

        • Dana, this site/app might help as well.

    • SV650


  • JimCracky

    Take the feature and sherlock it. Anything to avoid using anything Yahoo.

  • Mo

    I can think back to several college-group outings, back around 35 years ago when this would’ve been a big help.

  • mike_silva

    One can get something like this, without having to make a pact with the Yahoo devil, by jumping between Maps and Find My Friends.

    Admittedly, having this follow feature in Maps or Google Maps would be preferable…and less distracting while driving.

    Then again, if one driver is going to be the designated follower, and most of the time doesn’t need turn-by-turn directions, they could simply leave their screen on Find My Friends. (Except…back to elegance…I don’t believe Find My Friends is CarPlay compatible.)